Massachusetts Towns and Nonprofits Snag Perks of Two Solar Programs

On April 19, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) –  a publicly-funded agency dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies, and projects in the Bay State – and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced the selection of five communities and three nonprofit organizations to participate in a pair of solar energy programs developed and managed by the Baker-Polito Administration.

Solarize Mass

Lincoln-Sudbury-Wayland, Newburyport, and Winthrop have been selected to participate in Solarize Mass, a community-based solar group purchasing program that claims to deliver savings of up to 21 percent on solar costs compared to the statewide average residents and businesses are paying now.

This represents the second time since 2012 that residents of Newburyport, Lincoln, Sudbury, and Wayland have had the opportunity to benefit from the program, as these communities opted to participate in the Solarize Mass Plus program in which the public was able to pair solar electric systems with the purchase of solar hot water systems, air source heat pumps, or electric vehicles for discounted pricing.

At that time, while the Lincoln-Sudbury-Wayland communities selected discounted solar hot water systems, the City of Newburyport selected air source heat pumps.

Since its launch in 2011, 58 cities and towns have participated in the Solarize Mass Program, resulting in more than 3,400 new small-scale installations at homes and businesses – totaling 20.6 megawatts of solar capacity

Communities interested in participating in Solarize Mass must be serviced by a utility that pays into the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust. 

Mass Solar Connect

Mass Energy Consumers Alliance (Mass Energy); the Cape and Islands Self Reliance Corporation (Self Reliance); and the Marion Institute, an incubator for sustainable programs, have been selected to participate in the 2017 Mass Solar Connect program, a solar group buying program for members of participating nonprofit organizations.

Participants will have access to reduced pricing through an online platform. Their collective 35,000 members will be able to compare solar costs online, helping them to pay lower prices for their solar installations. Furthermore, members of Mass Energy will partner with EnergySage for competitive quotes, while Self Reliance and the Marion Institute will partner with Pick My Solar.

Building on the success of the Solarize Mass program, Mass Solar Connect launched in late 2014 and partnered with non-profit groups to increase education and outreach about solar electricity, while also reducing the cost for group members to go solar.

Since that time, the program has resulted in a total of 1.9 MW of solar, enough to offset over 1,700 metric tons in annual carbon emissions. Massachusetts currently has 1,488 MW of solar installed statewide, enough to power more than 227,000 homes.

In order to participate in Mass Solar Connect, residents must own property in Massachusetts and be a member of the participating non-profit group. All systems must be installed in Massachusetts.

“The Solarize Mass Program and the Mass Solar Connect Program are two great examples of our Administration working with communities and nonprofits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the Commonwealth, while simultaneously bringing energy costs down for the people of Massachusetts,” commented Governor Charlie Baker (R).”

“By forming meaningful partnerships with municipalities and nonprofits, our administration is able to better deliver reliable clean energy solutions through initiatives like the Solarize Mass Program and the Mass Solar Connect Program,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito (R). “


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